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Businesses and fire service celebrate first Primary Authority anniversary

Date : 19 November 2019


Primary Authority event November 2019
Primary Authority event November 2019

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services invited local businesses to mark the first anniversary of a national government scheme which aims to improve fire safety.  

The Fire Service has teamed up with other South East authorities to run the Business Advice and Support Partnership (BAASP) which provides Primary Authority Partnerships - a ‘one-stop-shop’ for tailored advice and support on complying with Fire Safety regulations.  

Businesses are able to get assured advice on Trading Standards, licensing, environmental health and fire safety through a single point of contact. 

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mark Andrews, said:  

“We’re really pleased to reach this milestone. We have been working hard to help promote our Primary Authority partnerships and we have got nine companies and organisations now working with us. Fire safety regulations can appear to be very complex but they are very important when it comes to keeping staff, visitors and customers in your business as safe as possible.”  

A special partnership event was held in Eastbourne on 11 November 2019, where attendees were given updates on key issues including sprinklers and extinguishers. 

Find out more 

Any businesses interested in entering a Primary Authority Partnership, or in receiving support on regulatory issues, are asked to call 0345 60 80 197 or email baasp@eastsussex.gov.uk  

The scheme is offered at a cost of £1,500  a year, which includes 20 hours of business advice during the course of the year, which could include legal advice, advice on fire safety, review of policies and procedures or training. 

Further information on the scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-regulation-primary-authority 

You can also find out more information about fire safety in businesses at www.esfrs.org/business  

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